LONG LAYOVER – Bill Foster checks out the 40-foot Russian-flagged inflatable catamaran, Iskatel, that’s been hauled out near the UAS parking lot for the past two years. The pandemic put a halt to the international sailing trip that began in Russia, but the skipper, Anatoly Kazakevich, who recently spoke to the Sentinel, is hopeful about resuming the adventure in the spring and sailing to Siberia. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Lillian Marie Saldivar Dies; Former Sitkan was Age 66

Lillian Marie Saldivar

Lillian Marie Saldivar, a former Sitkan, passed away in Juneau on January 14, 2021.

She was born January 31, 1954, to Katherine Maberry and Henry Sam Sr. at Mt. Edgecumbe hospital in Sitka. Her Tlingit name was Aanawdu.oo, of the Sitka L’uknax.ádi (Coho) clan from Kayaashka Hít, the Mother Coho/Platform House, on Katlian Street. Her father’s people are of the Kaagwaantaan Clan from the Box House, also of Sitka.

Some family members gathered for a celebration of her life in Juneau on January 22, which was her mother’s birthday. Due to Covid-19, the family plans on a full celebration of life at a later date in Sitka.

Marie graduated with the Sitka High School Class of 1972. She was employed at the Sitka School District, Sitka Sound Seafoods, Big Blue Charters, and Seafood Producers Coop.

Marie and her first husband, Jim Thomas, married in Sitka in 1976 surrounded by family and friends. They raised their three daughters there, and were actively involved in their school, swimming, and softball activities.

Marie was a devoted mother, and she also rounded up the large family for meals, picnics, birthdays, and holidays.

Marie’s family dinners and cooking lessons will be dearly missed. She proudly shared her dinner and cookie recipes, and she enjoyed classic rock (especially her vinyl collection), playing pool and darts, and reading. She was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers NFL team fan. Her siblings will miss her pinches and advice, and everyone will miss her giggling and laughing while telling stories. Her laughter will never be forgotten – her dimpled smile will always be treasured.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Katherine and Henry; stepfather Herman Maberry; aunt Betty Garrity; husband Henry Saldivar; siblings Gilbert Sam Sr., Richard Sam, Carol Breece, Betty Jo Edenshaw; and niece Manda Johnson.

Marie is survived by her daughters Katie Thomas/Marty Dundas and their children Troy (of Sitka), Drew, Kyler, and Kristina Petrey (of Illinois); Kathy Thomas/Tim Eddy and their children Devin and Jade Kubik, and Bryson Eddy (Sitka); and Mary Thomas/Carl Cadiente and their daughter Addison (Wilsonville, Oregon).

She also is survived by siblings Cathy Lindoff (Hoonah); Lorrie Sommers (Fitchburg, Wisconsin) and her children Shane, Kevin and Stephanie; Troy Cantrell/Cat of Pineville, Louisiana; Tommy Maberry (Columbus, Nebraska) and his children Brandon/Monica, Josie and Justin Maberry; Sharon Kelly (Indianapolis); Stacy Maberry/Kathy; and Faleene Worrell/Bert of Longview, Texas, and their children Sharla Hayes/Richard III and their children Kyra, Richard IV, Aspen, Reilly, Rory, Lily, and Eli; and Eric Sele/Lolita Church and their son Kasen Sele.

Katie, Kathy, Mary, and family expressed appreciation for all prayers, thoughts, and support. The family may be contacted through Kathy Thomas, 2898 Sawmill Creek Road Apt. C, Sitka, AK 99835, or emailed at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Many family members are sadly unable to attend services due to COVID-19.

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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 10-26-21)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 10:02 a.m. Tuesday.

New cases as of Monday: 749

Total statewide – 130,482

Total (cumulative) deaths – 688

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 2,749

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

COVID in Sitka

The COVID alert rate for Sitka is “high,” based on 30 new resident COVID cases in the past 7 days, a rate of 351.99 per 100,000 population. Alert status will be high until the rate per thousand is below 100. Case statistics are as of Sunday.

New cases in Sitka – 4 

Cases in last 7 days – 30

Cumulative Sitka cases – 1,088

Cumulative non-resident cases – 102

Unique positive cumulative test results in Sitka, as of 10/22/21 – 1,210

Deceased (cumulative) – 5

The local case data are from the City of Sitka website.

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October 2001

Bart Meyer earned first place in the Sitka Sportsman’s Association’s annual Alaska Day Biathlon. He was followed by Jeremy McLaughlin, Paul Lashway, Greg Horton and Jack Ozment.

October 1971

The Alaska Day parade was one of the longest ... Alaska Airlines’float with a giant golden samovar and the New Archangel Dancers aboard won first place; the Sitka High band and drill team won second; the Pioneer Bar float won third, and honorable mentions went to the Coast Guard float and Mt. Edgecumbe High band.